The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Yet people still believe others have found more satisfaction, rewards, or personal fulfillment in life – which increases desires and jealousy when the individual doesn't believe they have those things. It is only human to make comparisons, although crossing the line into feeling undervalued or worse, worthless, is obviously unhealthy. Focusing on supporting confidence and maintaining self-esteem in both yourself
Because life isn't always rosy, we may need to take time to look at what is interfering with the chance of a positive outcome to a career decision, change, or aspiration. Career practitioners have said it is better to move toward something than run away from something, and this applies to case of dysfunctional thoughts. Facing them, examining their source, and implementing interventions may remove the hindrance. Sure, you'd rather stop and smell the roses. Just remember that
“Welcome to the real world” is an often used phrase shared with new graduates. It is somewhat false because it implies that students were living in a fake world. A related term is “adulting,” meaning the person must now act like a grown-up. Regardless of the sarcasm or good wishes, anyone entering a new job (recent graduate or not) has a lot to learn and would most likely welcome support from career service providers. A glimpse into the day in the “real world” life would be
As opposed to being fulfilled in sleep, career dreams or aspirations may reveal or influence career decisions or journeys. Practitioners need various theories and tools at their fingertips when considering clients' dreams while providing career related services. Yes, it would be interesting to explore the meaning behind a client's nighttime dreams about work, and it may be even more productive to explore career aspirations.
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The more distanced the world became in 2020, the more the desire for connectedness increased. Workers knew intuitively that they needed to get their work done safely and remotely while staying on top of the needs of the team, department and organization. Even as individuals were pulled from their focus on the work of the team due to personal care at home, especially school-aged or ill loved ones, the team spirit stayed strong or supported arising weaknesses. If career profes
The need to broaden and deepen our understanding of visionary women, gender bias, and career development cannot be limited to one month, one training session, or one experience. The bigger picture of the pervasiveness of the gender issues today demands attention in an intentional way. One place to start is looking back – at history (or “her-story") and at the development of young girls' careers, then bring that knowledge forward to the work world today. ~ Melanie Reinersman,
What do people think of when they hear the word “opportunity”? Maybe they wonder how to create... or take advantage of... or seek... or even turn down an opportunity? Others hear the word “growth” and think of challenges... spurts... growing pains... or even developmental stages. Perhaps the bigger question is like the chicken and the egg: which comes first? Or even more significant: is one possible without the other? ~ Melanie Reinersman, M.A., insights@careerdevelopmentall
While no one would argue that 2020 made it difficult for even optimists to feel positive, one role of the career professional is to generate hope. If the client does not feel good, it is a sign of growth, and that is good! If the client doesn't see a means to moving ahead at work, it is time for change and together the resources can be tapped. Being intentionally optimistic serves both the self and the world, which includes the people who need career professionals the most. ~
No one would argue that 2020 has been a year of disruptions. Paychecks, lifestyles, and even the weather have seen such extreme changes as to only be able to use a new word to describe how we are living now. But what if that word has a positive spin on it? What if our description evokes a sense of empowerment over the change? That would be inspirational! Imagine the change in career development in 2021 and forward with a word that is energizing, informing and empowering. This
Most people know the quote “With age comes wisdom” but few know the five words that actually follow: “...sometimes age comes alone.” Perhaps Oscar Wilde doesn't want to sound too smug or too optimistic. With this in mind, it is probably best to encourage all career development professionals to assist their clients in gaining wisdom, especially about themselves. Don't forget, Wilde also said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Melanie Reinersman, M.A., insights@c
Of course the all-important word “LinkedIn” is going to be included somewhere on this page about enhancing the job search. There is no such thing as a successful job search without it. But what else can a job seeker do and what else can a career coach say when faced with trying times and unprecedented challenges? There are always more ways to enhance a job search! ~ Melanie Reinersman, M.A., firstname.lastname@example.org Photo by Sheri Hooley on Unsplash FOCUS ON: O
While there is no such thing as the “best” or “right” or even “one” career for anyone, sometimes it helps to have a starting point for discussions about career choice. Whether these “best” options are the result of brainstorming or assessments, counselors and clients can generate valuable discussions around these points.
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